*KJAS News allows a political candidate for local office the opportunity to make a political statement. The following is that of Cynthia Hall, Newton County Chief Deputy seeking election as Sheriff:
Elect Cynthia Hall for Newton County Sheriff
#1 on the Ballot
With great pride and diligence I have served Newton County for the last 20 years in the various rankings of law enforcement ranging from dispatcher in my early career to Chief Deputy today and now I am proud to announce my candidacy as the next Sheriff of Newton County.
When I started my law enforcement career in 2000 as a dispatcher I knew that I was following a career path that I loved and was fulfilling to me. This career gave me the ability to make a difference no matter how big or small within my community. That feeling of purpose and satisfaction drove me to pursuing my law enforcement career so I joined the Police Academy of Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas and graduated proudly returning to Newton to serve as a deputy under Sheriff Wayne Powell in 2004.
From that time until now many of you have come to know me and my work ethic as I’ve served Newton County daily and carried the weight of enforcing the law to ensure we have a safe community to raise our children and our grandchildren. With my deep heritage in Newton County, starting with my parents, the late John R. & Estelle Mayo of Burkeville, Texas. I raised two daughters and now am watching my four grandchildren grow up here. As you can imagine, safety is of the upmost importance.
I feel that my knowledge throughout the years of service in Newton gives me an advantage to combating some of our common law violations such as drug manufacturing, distributing, stealing, looting and violence. This has always been a top concern of mine and will continue to be so, but first we need to put some focus on strengthening our own department. Times have changed and so our methods must change as well to best serve our community. I intend on putting an emphasis on building or rebuilding our outdated jail as well as providing advanced training for our law enforcement officers. A very important priority to me is a retention plan to keep our best deputies right here in Newton County. Retaining employees is essential for public trust and for successful law enforcement. Newton County has been a stepping-stone for new academy graduates to get some experience and leave for a better paying department. This generates challenges within our own department and I want to rectify this issue.
I have not had the privilege of going to schools to receive a master’s degree. For twenty years I have had hundreds of continuing education training hours, which are mandated, by the state of Texas for peace officers. I have always said, “I have gone to the Newton County school of hard knocks and that has prepared me for the job of Newton County Sheriff.” I have been through two generations and am starting on the third.
I appreciate anyone who has good intentions for our county, but I will say that I have been here through the better and the worse and I have ideas that can only come from being here and working with the people of Newton County. It is easy to think of Newton County as a small-scale department but it comes with its own large-scale challenges, which I’ve come to know and have first hand experience with over the years. I’ve endured many of our natural disasters, ranging from floods, fires, and hurricanes.
It would be a great privilege to continue to serve Newton County as your next Sheriff. I look forward to serving my community and implementing my ideas for a safer county, stronger work force and update our law enforcement facilities.
I ask you to come out and vote #1 for Cynthia Hall as your next Newton County Sheriff on March 3, 2020. May God Bless Newton, Texas and May God Bless America.